The best way to prevent yourself from getting sick is to keep your immune system up and ready to fight pathogens. Here are some tips to boost your immunity:
1. Eat fermented foods – fermented foods like yogurt, kimchi, kefir and kombucha contain good bacteria that promotes the production of antibodies that help fight infection.
2. Eat more fruits and vegetables – they are rich in fiber and loaded with nutrients that help boost your body’s capability of fighting pathogens.
3. Get enough sleep – getting the recommended number of hours allows your body to restore and repair itself, keeping your immunity in top shape.
4. Exercise regularly – physical activity helps flush out bacteria in the body and reduces risk of getting illness.
5. Wash hands whenever you can – by observing proper hygiene, you have a better chance of fighting infection.
6. Avoid drinking alcohol – the presence of alcohol in the gut disrupts the barrier that keeps bacteria out. It also decreases the number of cells that help fight infection.
Maintaining a healthy and sustainable lifestyle is important to keeping our immune system in top shape. Follow these tips to prevent getting sick.
Do you have additional tips that you want to share with us? Let us know in the comments!
1. For the planet – animal agriculture contributes largely to greenhouse gas emissions, even more than all the exhaust from cars, trucks, planes etc. combined! When you go on a plant-based diet, you slash your carbon footprint by roughly 50%! Who knew that changing the way you eat could be the key to saving our planet?
2. Lose weight – since plant food is not as calorie-dense as animal meat, you can actually eat more without gaining weight! Plus, they’re naturally rich in fiber so you’ll always be regular.
3. Reduce risk of diseases – many studies show that going on a plant-based diet drastically reduces your risk of getting diabetes, hypertension, heart diseases and even cancer! For many, it can also be the key to reversing diseases that they already have.
4. Better sleep and mental clarity – since your body is getting more nutrient-dense and easily-digestible food, it won’t use up so much time focusing on digestion, leaving you with more energy to think clearly and move better. A steady supply of nutrients from whole foods can lower cortisol (a stress hormone) in the body, which in turn helps you relax more and get better quality sleep.
5. Natural glow – once you go plant-based, you’ll notice your hair is shinier, your nails are longer and skin is clearer. Plant foods naturally detoxify your body leaving you radiant and glowing.
Metal Rat season is upon us! And with the start of a new year often comes resolutions on wellness and self-care. Are you tracking to achieve your fitness goals this 2020? Whether you’re looking to eat clean, fit in more physical activity, or make big lifestyle changes, check out the 2020 health forecast for each of the 12 Chinese animal signs:
The Rat will have to be extra careful in 2020. We recommend building the habit of seeing a medical professional immediately after noticing symptoms because the quicker Rats receive the medical treatment they need, the quicker they will heal and bounce back. To stay healthy, Rats must eat more proteins and vegetables. They can boost their immune system by adding vitamins to their diet as well. As a general rule, the key to keeping health is through proper diet, exercise, and sleep.
Like the wild oxen that run freely in the fields, people born during the Year of the Ox are healthy and fit. Hospital visits are rare, but this sometimes leads to overconfidence. Neglect during youth will result in problems in the later years.
As workaholics, Oxen will sometimes go days with minimal food and rest, then binge on both. Irregular diets will lead to problems in the digestive system.To stay healthy in 2020 and beyond, Oxen must remember to take breaks from work, stretch, and relax.
Sleep and rest are also essential for keeping healthy. But Tigers often have stressful careers and may have anxiety. It’s common for them to suffer from insomnia. They will benefit from relaxed conversations with family and taking well-deserved breaks.
However, they have many impulsive eating habits, tending to eat too little or too much of certain food items. This can lead to some problems with their urinary system.
They don’t usually get sick, but when they do, it becomes very serious. This is because they are too busy with work to pay attention to their health. They might also think it’s no big deal and brush it off. Due to this, minor colds can turn into more serious illnesses. Common areas of concern are the circulatory, urinary and digestive systems.
For better health and well-being, Dragons must remember to keep calm and relaxed. They mustn’t overthink and obsess over small problems. Instead, Dragons should take some time out for themselves. Exercise and more exposure to nature will help with physical and emotional fatigue.
However, Snakes are extremely picky eaters. They will stuff themselves with their favorites and not even consider a balanced diet. This will inevitably lead to some health problems.
Snakes also keep their complaints inside. Their bottled-up emotions can cause stress and anxiety which impact the heart, blood vessels, and other organs. Female snakes in particular need to pay attention to their urinary system.
Overall, Horses are naturally healthy. They are always on-the-go, pushing their bodies’ limits with little to no rest. Pulling all-nighters is a habit characteristic of Horses and they continue working even during holidays. Horses must create and stick to a more manageable routine if they wish to maintain their health.
Mindset, however, is the biggest determining factor of goats’ health. Goats are preconditioned to exhibit anxiety and obsess over small problems; which can later manifest as physical illnesses. To counter this, goats must be intentional about lessening their worries. Relaxation, meditation, and deep, calming breaths can quickly reverse the onset of anxiety. Goats will also benefit from proper food preparation & regular exercise.
Monkeys don’t have much to worry about when it comes to health. Their active personality, however, makes them accident-prone and put them in situations where they can hurt themselves. It often takes their bodies a while to get accustomed to changing seasons as well. Colds and sore throats are common.
Monkeys should also take care of their mental health. They care too much about what others think and can easily become depressed. Alongside physical activity, connecting with friends and family will be very beneficial!
Roosters must not be careless. They aren’t the healthiest naturally and outside factors can affect their health greatly.
Being picky eaters is common among all zodiacs, but Roosters are especially so. They are even picky with the food they like to eat. Their diets are influenced by their mood too. Since they often have mood swings, this can lead to problems with their digestive system.
The best way for Roosters to maintain their health is to address unhealthy eating habits and avoid being oversensitive to emotional triggers.
Dogs are healthy overall, but their health often has drastic changes. Though they seem resilient, their illnesses can be more severe than what initial symptoms suggest. The smallest colds can put them in bed for days. Dogs must remain wary of influenza and other contagious diseases during warmer weather.
Dogs should pay attention to their digestive system during their youth. Their biggest enemy is their unhealthy diet. Once in the workforce, Dogs will constantly be busy. The stress will lead to headaches and migraines, and in extreme cases, hysteria.
To create a strong base, Dogs should begin the habit of exercising early on. Taking breaks as needed and trying out relaxing activities like yoga are recommended.
Pigs also lead very busy lives. Even if they don’t feel tired, they should still remember to take breaks. Changes in weather will affect Pigs’ health too – they are at greater risk for respiratory diseases. Unhealthy diets can lead to diabetes, high cholesterol, and heart problems.
Pigs are not the type to give in to difficulties. This is a positive trait in the workplace, but might take an emotional, mental, and physical toll. To stay in the pink of health, Pigs must learn to take small illnesses seriously and get regular checkups.
Whatever fate has in store for you this year, Diet Diva is fully ready to support your health and wellness goals. Get in touch with us now and enjoy 20% off all meal plans booked until January 31st! We are committed to seeing you through your 2020 fitness journey.
They say it takes 21 days of sustained action to build a habit. Whatever your Zodiac animal, there’s no better time to jumpstart healthy habits than now.
Gong Xi Fa Cai!
Hello everyone! I am Kakki and I have an autoimmune disorder called Hashimoto’s disease. I was diagnosed with this August 2019 when after about 2 years of discovering my hypothyroidism & PCOS, I was still plagued with fatigue, a weak immune system & continuous weight gain. Upon finding out that I have this condition, I went into a denial phase and ignored it, thinking “Okay, noted, but I am busy with my current show (Himala2019) until October so I’ll deal with this then.” Then I went on to travel to Japan, then Morocco, then back in Manila where I let myself go during the holiday season. But now it’s time to stop escaping and start healing. Completely. Holistically. From the inside-out.
“Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune disorder in which your immune system creates antibodies that damage your thyroid gland. Doctors don’t know what causes your immune system to attack your thyroid gland. Some scientists think a virus or bacterium might trigger the response, while others believe a genetic flaw may be involved. A combination of factors — including heredity, sex and age — may determine your likelihood of developing the disorder.” (Mayo Clinic)
I’ve just started researching & studying this disease & I’ve learned that:
✅Women are much more likely to get Hashimoto’s disease.
✅You’re at higher risk for Hashimoto’s disease if others in your family have thyroid or other autoimmune diseases (my aunt has Hashimoto’s).
I’ve decided to be open about my journey and that this 2020, I’d like to take full responsibility and action to becoming fit & healthy once again.
I also realized that perhaps, I am the best person to experience this now, because in the bigger scheme of things, this will help me and my business. I have Diet Diva to help me with my nutritional needs, and now I have a new view on how people struggle with weight gain & weight-loss, which can help us create new food plans in the future.
For now, thanks for reading through this! If you struggle with something similar, message me! Let’s all help each other be better versions of ourselves Happy New Year!
Touted as the most important meal of the day, deciding what to have for breakfast is more than just reaching for what’s available in your fridge. Tempting as it may to go with quick (and usually fried) breakfast fixes, being healthy and powering through your day means being intentional about your food intake each morning.
The pressure to eat with mindfulness is even greater for athletes, who rely on nutrition to stay healthy and physically resilient for strenuous activities. Many athletes find that fueling their bodies with the right food each morning helps them feel more energetic, giving them the mindspace to choose better-quality lunch and dinner options for the rest of the day.
Breakfast essentially kickstarts the body’s metabolism after waking up. When athletes skip breakfast, they are forcing their bodies to run on empty after fasting overnight. Balanced nutrition is key so athletes can sustain their energy through the day, while also reaching and maintaining their goal weight. Making the right breakfast choices also means having adequate nutrition for physical repair.
For high-energy demands characteristic of professional and competitive athletes, a healthy, wholesome breakfast needs to be SOP! Meals can be portion-controlled and focused on protein for muscle recovery, mixed in with complex carbohydrates and healthy fats for energy.
Nutritionists say a healthy breakfast is made up of lean proteins, fruits, whole grains, and some vegetables. Here are five healthy, athlete-approved breakfast choices for you to consider:
Thankfully, Diet Diva’s Lean Machine program takes out the guesswork of what to have for breakfast each day. Lean Machine is specially designed for individuals who expend large amounts of energy during exercise or competition, so our in-house nutritionists and food experts have done the needful in ensuring customers who subscribe to the program are fueled well and are able to recover properly.
All the best to all the athletes especially those representing our country at the 2019 SEA GAMES!
Want more information on Diet Diva Lean Machine? Contact the Diet Diva hotline (0917-703DIVA *3482) today. 😊
Another first from Diet Diva–our new meal plan dedicated to new mamas, breastfeeding mamas & mamas-to-be! Diet Diva Mama has increased calories to support your baby’s growth and increased carbohydrates for energy needs.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Why 2000 Calories?
Pregnancy is a high-risk period wherein the development of the unborn child depends solely on the mother’s nutrition and overall health. On the other hand, if nutrients aren’t available in their required amounts, the baby will be forced to take from the mother’s stored nutrients, which will compromise the mother’s health. We want to make sure that both mama and baby get enough, which is why we’ve increased the caloric intake to 2000. This is especially important in the third trimester and during breastfeeding, when there’s an increased need for energy.
2. What’s the difference between Diet Diva and Diet Diva Mama?
Diet Diva is focused primarily on those who are looking to lose weight the healthy way. At 1200 calories, it is meant to jumpstart weight loss without compromising nutrition. On the other hand, Diet Diva Mama’s main goal is to support pregnant and breastfeeding mothers in these critical stages. Diet Diva Mama provides a higher caloric allowance with a focus on certain nutrients to make sure pregnancy comes to term successfully and that breastfeeding is immediate and continuous.
3. What food and nutrients are given focus for pregnancy?
Some of the nutrients essential for pregnanct include: omega-3, iron, B-vitamins, Calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin D. These are readily available from everyday foods such as broccoli, green leafy vegetables, (especially the darker ones, legumes, sweet potato, fatty fish, eggs, lean meat, fruits and whole grains.
4. If I’m pregnant, do I still need to take supplements?
Taking supplements ensure that both mommy and baby get enough of all the important nutrients especially iron and B-vitamins. However, it is important to always consult with your doctor beforehand. Remember that too much can be harmful to your baby.
5. If I have gestational diabetes can I go on this program?
Yes! Diet Diva Mama is low-sugar and focuses on the good carbohydrates so that your sugar levels are in check. We avoid refined sugars especially in our snacks and we load up on fibre and healthy starches.
6. I’ve just given birth and want to lose weight, will this program help?
What we hope to have new mothers understand is that weight loss isn’t our main priority. It’s a natural occurrence or side effect once they start breastfeeding. We want to encourage breastfeeding, because we believe breast is best.
7. What are lactation treats?
Lactation treats are designed to help moms boost and maintain milk supply. They contain galactagogues, which are found in foods like brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, oats, and flax seed. However, this does not guarantee milk production, but should be used in conjunction with proper hydration and a healthy diet.
Present during the signing held recently were (left to right) Sun Life of Canada (Philippines), Inc. President Alex Narciso; Sun Life CEO & Country Head Benedict Sison; Diet Diva Founder and CEO Kakki Teodoro; and Diet Diva Nutritionist Adrienne Gawtee.
Sun Life of Canada (Philippines), Inc., the country’s No. 1 life insurance company, joins hands with Diet Diva, one of the leading healthy food providers in the country, in promoting a healthy lifestyle and financial security.
Under the tie-up, Sun Life will issue a Group Personal Accident Insurance Policy to Diet Diva for the benefit of its members. Meanwhile, Diet Diva’s nutritionists will join Sun Life’s branch caravans and medical forums within Metro Manila to educate Sun Life advisors on how to live healthier lives.
Quoting Sun Life CEO & Country Head Benedict Sison, “I am confident that we can create a significant impact with this tie-up, which will be rooted in education. Diet Diva will become a way for more Filipinos to discover and experience the benefits of a Sun Life insurance, while Sun Life advisors will get to learn from Diet Diva experts about health and nutrition so they can educate their clients as well.”
Diet Diva Founder and CEO Kakki Teodoro furthers that, “This tie-up makes perfect sense because it all boils down to a commitment to a brighter future.”
Along with our commitment to prepare delicious meals to match the modern Filipino’s busy lifestyle, we are also looking for ways to make our services more sustainable and environment-friendly. 😊 Currently, our food is packaged in biodegradable plastic and craft paperbags made with recycled paper. Starting next week, we will be implementing the REDUCE, REFUSE, and REUSE system.♻️
1. REDUCE: On your first day of the week, you will receive a Diet Diva ecobag with your meals. This is for you to use for the entire week. We can give a maximum of three, as needed.
2. REFUSE: Plastic utensils will no longer be included unless requested.
3. REUSE: You can return the plastic containers in exchange of treats and perks! Our riders will collect clean and washed plastic, after we deliver your Friday meals. You may leave them at your lobby for pick up or hand them over directly.🙂
Every little effort counts, Divas! With your help, we can maximize resource consumption and lessen waste altogether 🙂
I share this “2018 in Health” reflection with a smile on my face.
Usually when we set resolutions as adults, they are barely accomplished, and plus my health goals for 2018 were set high.
Heal my hypothyroidism
Lose 20% Body Fat
Regain My Strength
Get my Abs back!
Did I achieve all 5? Nope, I did not achieve losing 20% body fat, nor did I get my ABS pack. (2019 is the YEAR OF ABS, I PROMISE! )
Why am I so darn happy then? Well– I’ve ticked off 3/5 things on my list, the ones that I feel, are “out of my control”, and as I realize this now nearing the end of 2018, i’m in such a grateful & celebratory mood! I have tears in my eyes! After my final test last November, I have healed my hypothyroidism & I no longer have PCOS. AMAZING!
To give you a bit of background: this was my challenge for TWO YEARS. It has been a struggle: for months I noticed changes in my mood and energy, as if my STRONG KAKKI switch was turned off (I’d wake up exhausted, I was unhappy, moody, lethargic, having a hard time sleeping, & had unexplainable weight gain), then months of tests trying to understand, and more months trying out which meds would work best with me. 2018 was the year where, I decided to commit by adding changes to my lifestyle. I decided to go off meds as well, so I could listen to my body more and heal naturally.
HEALING from PCOS & HYPOTHYROIDISM
I believe the biggest factor here was SLEEP. I was committed to getting more rest, productive, healing rest.
To improve my sleep I welcomed essential oils into my lifestyle, as part of my rest post-work ritual. I LOVED IT!
They made me sleep better, and faster. I embraced solitude as well, which meant saying no to some events & parties (some! I’d still go out, only if I had no work the next day and if I could sleep in), and spending quiet time at home.
POWER through PCOS
I adjusted my diet to anti-inflammatory food, follow my food intolerance list, and go Gluten-Free.
GLOW was the perfect meal plan! Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Low-Sugar. Eating an anti-inflammatory diet may counteract some of the inflammation in women with PCOS and help improve both metabolic and reproductive aspects, and I truly noticed improvement in both my skin, mood & energy levels.
Regain My Strength
I also trained regularly with a trainer in my gym. This way, I had a consistent strength training program with a coach who would monitor me strictly and see improvements. I posted my workouts on my IG for accountability as well, so I can stop being lazy.
+ BONUS: MENTAL HEALTH, MEDITATION, ETC.
This year’s biggest surprise was with Mental Health. I experienced my first struggles with anxiety this year, which prompted me to seek natural methods via more yoga and meditation. I enrolled with Transcendental Meditation PH, took my classes last October and this has been truly life-changing. I LOVE meditating! It has powered me through a difficult time and is now my source of clarity, energy & peace. My happiness levels have truly soared now that I started meditating every day. Oh and I got a puppy! I know it’s extra work to take care of a dog, but having pets at home really help you live happier, healthier, longer lives, by reducing stress levels and improve heart health.
So now, just a few hours away from the new year, I write new health goals for myself.
Even with the extra pounds I’ve gained this holiday, I am confident 2019 is the year I lose 20% body fat and get my abs back.
I wish to commit to yoga every day, increase daily cardio, strength & flexibility. And to cut sugar! (I have a sweet tooth, so this will be a real challenge). Now that I have managed to heal myself within, establish a rest ritual, & practice meditation daily, I feel more confident that I can elevate my wellness goals and work to achieving my best, healthiest self next year.
I hope that my good news inspired you all to create new health goals for 2019! Happy New Year!